Crafts And Activities

We believe the best art and craft activities are simple, with few instructions, allowing kids the full force of their creativity. The less a parent has to help, the more robust the role imagination will play in children’s lives as they grow.

Grow Potatoes in a Tire

Never gardened before? Potatoes were the first thing we ever planted. My then three year old son took a few from our cupboard and simply stuck them in the ground without telling anyone. They grew beautifully into a bumper crop of potatoes in the fall. Potatoes are one of the easiest and most satisfying plants […]

PVC Pipe Structures

PVC pipe and fittings are an inexpensive medium for kids to create on a grand scale outdoors.  Provide a variety of pipe lengths, and fittings to join the pieces.  Let the ladders and forts and free form sculptures begin!   What you will need: 1/2” or 1” PVC pipe at least 50 feet) wire saw […]

10 Fabulous Easter Egg Dye Projects for Kids

Easter is approaching and it is one time of the year kids can count on kitchen table creativity. To make those imaginations sing, Mudpie Mamas has found ten of the best, brightest and fun Easter Egg dyeing projects on the web. Have fun! Drizzly Colored Eggs This one uses rubber cement, I recommend adults helping […]

It’s Spring! Grow Grass Hair in an Egg

Start this activity now to get ready for Easter, and its a fun project year round.  Get out the scissors and give a tiny haircut to your creation! What you will need: egg shell halves potting soil spray bottle with water grass seed felt tips Mix the potting soil with enough water to hold it […]

Build a Better Brain! Marshmallow Constructs

This was one of my family’s all time favorite projects.  It got me through the times when I simply needed to keep kids occupied, and best of all it is brain yoga for the wide variety of ways kids can create:  edible DNA models, bridges, buildings or as simple as railroad tracks.   All it […]

The Power of Green Time: 10 Ways to Play Outside

Watch kids play outside with no rules or coaches to govern their behavior and you will see the magical unfolding of bodies swinging, stooping, throwing, racing, twirling in space. A study by the American Journal of Public Health of 452 parents of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity order found that one hour of unchecked movement […]

Kids’ Swap Shops: Trade Those Toys!

When the kids were young we would periodically set up a ‘Swap Shop’ with their friends, where all the toys, games, and books collecting dust from the holidays, or that they were bored with, were culled from closets and set out for trade with their friends. If your kids are very young, you can organize […]

10 Homemade Valentines to Make with Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me, you will wait until the last minute, then rush to the store to buy a package of those little rectangular valentines for your child and let them add a few sweetheart candies, lick the envelope and you’re done. But, if you have […]

Homemade Paint for Bathtub Artists

What you will need: 1 cup of mild soap flakes (available in the detergent section of your grocer) or grate a bar of Ivory or other mild soap 5 tablespoons hot water food coloring or tempera paint zipper-top sandwich bags or muffin tin paint brushes Place the soap flakes in a bowl. Add the hot […]

How to Survive the Winter Holidays: 12 Creative Things to do at Home

By Rebecca Lemar Feed your child’s imagination and get them moving and creating with these easy and fun ideas! 1. Conversation: Fill up a page with hearts. Then have a conversation with your child about who (or what) you LOVE. Write a word in each heart. Variety: Cut out hearts and hang them everywhere, make […]

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